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Leadership Is Values #278

Our heartfelt values drive our thinking, activities and behavior. As a leader of a church or business enterprise your values are demonstrated consistently in everything you do.

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Values are un-compromisable, un-debatable truths, characteristics that drive and direct behaviour.  They are motivational; they give reason to why we do things. They are restrictive and place boundaries to guide our behaviour. They provide the core of individual, group or organizational identity. They are enduring judgments about what you consider to be important, like the shoulders on a major highway. Values can be described as what we treasure the most, those things we want to live or die for. They are the belief characteristics that distinguish us one from another.

Leaders who are living by their values reap a great benefit from the Lord; David said they “will never be shaken.” (Psalm 112:6 NKJV)

Leadership is value based.  What values guide your leadership?

What values are so strong in your life that you would resign before you would compromise?

As a Christian Servant Leader, I strive to integrate my spiritual values on the job.  God created me, “in His own image”. (Genesis 1:27 NIV) He pre-wired skills, abilities and gifts before my birth.  Jeremiah illustrates, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV) or as David said, “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 NIV).

“Give me ten men that hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we will change the world.” (John Wesley quoted in Designed to Lead by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck)

Leadership is a God directed Servant Leadership life of serving, giving and living the life God designed for us.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Expressing Thanks #261

Laurie KennedyOn this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I’d like to start a new trend.

Research by Gerald Graham found that “58% of staff (volunteers) seldom (if ever) are thanked by their manager for a job well done, 76% seldom (if ever) receive written thanks from their manager, 78% seldom (if ever) receive public praise in the workplace. It appears that the techniques that have the greatest motivational impact are practiced the least, even though they are easier and less expensive to use.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

This is research from the secular marketplace.  Is there any correlation with churches and Christian based organizations?

Who are you thankful for?

Have you taken the opportunity to tell them?

Have you shared with others your admiration for your family, Pastor, church, neighbour or your blessings because of where you live?

I’m thankful for a lot.

Char and I have been married for 48 years.  Wow! This is awesome. We are very thankful for our three adult kids and knowing that our eleven grandkids are in church every weekend is really special. On Social Media, I refer to our grandkids as our eleven favourite people. We take family seriously and they always come first. Thank you family.

We love our church family. With two services each Sunday and in addition, a dynamic Youth, Senior, Sunday School and Weekly Life Groups. We have the privilege of touching people in our church and community.  Thank you to our church.

We have a Deacons Board where we pray, care and share with the goal of reaching our community and influencing our world for Christ.  We have Mission responsibilities and are working with the other churches in our city. Thank you to our church leaders.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV)

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to each of you.

Leadership is expressing our thankfulness, representing God’s love on a continual basis.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Value Driven

“Values are un-compromisable, undebatable truths that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational, they give us reasons why we do things; and they are restrictive, they place boundaries around behavior.” (Dr. Sid Buzzell, General Editor of The Leadership Bible)

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly prize, esteem, or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, the World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Paul illustrates the power of values in the organizational setting of a church or mission. “From him the whole body, joined and held together every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV)

Further in the construction or organizational development analogy, your values are the weight bearing pillars. Attached to the foundation, they hold your organization together. They are unmovable, yet any damage to one of the pillars (values) will impact and weaken your whole structure.

As a Leader in your family, church, mission or business, can you state your values? Can you define them? Do you live them? OK, the most important question. Could your followers define your values by watching your behavior?

At the Jethro Group our Values are the foundation statements that are without compromise and non-negotiable. They are our standard statements of belief and action. All decisions and the results of the Jethro Group reflect the Values of Integrity, Faith Focused, Family Devoted, Teamwork, Servant Leadership, Prayer Directed, Demonstrating God’s love and Excellence. It is our prayer that the Pastors and Leaders we work with around the world will see and feel these values in all we do.

“We expect our leaders to have a sense of direction and a concern for the future of the organization. Leaders must know where they are going. They must have a destination in mind when asking us to join them on a journey into the unknown.” (Kouzes and Posner Credibility)

Leadership is … demonstrating God’s love through your values.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving

Laurie KennedyThe Christian Servant Leader, leads, not for personal benefit, but for the growth and development of others. This role is foundational in ensuring Christ like service.

Christian Servant Leaders follow Christ’s example, “set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15 NIV). Paul confirms we are to use our Lord’s authority by “building you up rather than tearing you down.” (2 Corinthians 10:8 NIV) The author of Hebrews confirms we are to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV) Paul again suggests the leader has a responsibility to “encourage one another and build each other up…acknowledge those who work hard among you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11-12 NIV) Keep in mind we “do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle to everyone.” (Titus 3:1-2 NIV)

“According to Jesus Christ, great leaders are servant-leaders. They love their people enough to get down and dirty with them. They don’t lead from the tower; they get down in the trenches. They serve and empower their people. They use their influence and resources to knock down barriers, remove obstacles, and enable those serving under them. That’s servant-leadership.” (How to lead and still have a Life, Dale Burke)

Albert Einstein is quoted, “you cannot achieve a new goal by applying the same level of thinking that got you where you are today.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle),

Effective Leaders realize that Servant Leadership is not autocratic. The effective leaders of today build on scriptural principles, follow Christ and build a team for the future.

Leadership is … coaching, serving and growing Leaders.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Defining your Values

 

Laurie KennedyThe expectations on our Leaders are increasing exponentially. We expect more and more of our spiritual leaders. Those who lead us toward any significant degree of Biblical results need a strong set of values.

What do you believe in, rely on, that shapes and defines your actions? Do you have a set of values that become ‘a line in the sand’ for your decisions?

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly, prize, esteem, or deem important.”  (James C. Hunter.  The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Gather your people together to develop a list of personal and corporate values. Think of foundational stones. Words that your people consider without compromise. Words that are critical that when implemented will carry your church, business or mission toward your God directed Vision.

Review these value laden-words to stimulate your thinking.

Integrity, Love, Honesty, Bible-Based, Accountable, People Focused Fairness, Gratitude, Humble, Loyal, Patient, Prayer, Biblical in Content, Passion for our World, Reproducing Servant Leaders, Relationships, Community of Networks and Relationships, Personal Relationship with God, Team Work, Caring and Love, Listening, Sharing Leadership, Passionate, Trusting, Diligent, Discernment, Truthful, Peaceful, Humble, Credible, Serving, Generous, Above Reproach, Sincere, Courageous, Fair, Grateful, Focused, Confidence, Transparent, Innovative, Responsible, Community-Focused, Authentic, Flexible, Decisive, Personable, Friendly, Positive, Faith in God, Generous, Persistence, Insightful, Christ Serving, Communicative, Baptism Focused, Respectful, Soul Focused, Self-Control, Excellence, Real love, Positive, Loyal, Respectful, Enthusiastic, Collaboration, Optimistic, Commitment, Honoring Others, Discipleship, Trust.

Once you develop your list pray, share, discuss and let the Holy Spirit influence your choices. Then, over a period of a few months review the list until you and your organization can strive for and live by your Values.

Leaders who succeed have strong values that guide their behavior.

“What really motivates the most creative people is to have their values and their search for meaning aligned with corporate values.”  (Executive Influence Crane and Hamel)

Leadership is …knowing and living your Values every day.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Serving in 2017

Laurie KennedyHappy New Year. At the Jethrogroup we are thankful for the privilege of influencing Leaders around our world. Many of you are Christ followers working in churches, mission organizations and secular jobs.  Others of different faith backgrounds are reading, learning and developing their leadership one decision at a time. It is a privilege to serve.

Let’s start this year serving.

“Servant Leadership is being a servant first. The essence of servant leadership is leading by example.” (Angie Mays, Courteous Rebel)

“The art of leadership is being ready and able to subordinate one’s self interest often to the greater good of the unit or the organization.”  (Fred Smith CEO of the Year, FedEx)

“My work as a director is to make everybody bloom.” (Mira Nair, Fast Company)

“In my experience, any leader, military or civilian, has one priority: the quality of the people under his command.  Without their skill and spirit, the best plans and policies turn to dust.”  (Michael Abrashoff, Fast Company)

“A servant leader is a servant first.” (Reflection on Leadership)

“Level 5 leaders embody a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.  They are ambitious, to be sure, but ambitious first and foremost for the company, not themselves.” (Hunter, James C. quoting Jim Collins in The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

“Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?” (Ezekiel 34:2 NIV)

As Christian leaders, we are not here to serve your “own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV).

The leader is, “the ‘servant’ of the followership”. (Marquardt, Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century)

“The servant-leader is servant first…it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first” (Robert Greenleaf)

Leadership is … showing God’s love through service.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Excelling In Service

Laurie KennedyDavid was a shepherd. A youth, a harp playing servant. Yet with God, he single handedly defeated Goliath providing opportunity to defeat the enemy. As a shepherd, he cared for his sheep and the sheep trusted him. As leaders, we may not herd sheep, yet we are responsible to lead staff and volunteers with the skill and ability of David. The lives of our associates and the future of our church or mission depends on our leadership.

Pray about these principles.  Your work, your relationship with your people and achievement for God’s glory will be changed dramatically.

  1. Leaders who serve their people, their Ministry and our Heavenly Father consistently lead healthier organizations.

One third of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to work for are involved in the Servant-Leadership movement or identify servant leadership as a core operating principle.  (Hunter, James C.  The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:42-45 NIV).

  1. You are the leader.  You set the example. Find something to do every day that serves your people.

“I have a theory: That if one person will go out of their way to show kindness and compassion, it will start a chain reaction of the same.” (Columbine massacre victim Rachel Scott in an essay written shortly before her death in April 1999).

“The Leader is the ‘servant’ of the followership” (Global Leaders for the Twenty-First Century by Marquardt).

“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.” (Matthew 10:40-42 MSG)

Leadership is ensuring that every discussion, decision, and action puts God and your people first.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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